Autonomous Nature: Problems of Prediction and Control From by Carolyn Merchant

By Carolyn Merchant

Autonomous Nature investigates the historical past of nature as an energetic, usually unruly strength in stress with nature as a rational, logical order from precedent days to the clinical Revolution of the 17th century. besides next advances in mechanics, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism, nature got here to be perceived as an orderly, rational, actual global that may be engineered, managed, and controlled. Autonomous Nature specializes in the heritage of unpredictability, why it was once an issue for the traditional international in the course of the clinical Revolution, and why it's a challenge for this day. The paintings is decided within the context of vignettes approximately unpredictable occasions similar to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, the Bubonic Plague, the Lisbon Earthquake, and efforts to appreciate and are expecting the elements and typical failures. This ebook is a perfect textual content for classes at the setting, environmental heritage, historical past of technology, or the philosophy of science.

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